The College has eligibility for funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) also allows us to take advantage of federal monies set aside specifically for research at colleges. Langarans are also now permitted to apply to the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for funding in the arts (that is, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts), business/management, human and social development, and education, as well as some aspects of information and communications technology and health studies.


In 2019, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) was tasked to develop a new pan-Canadian funding initiative under the banner of the Housing Supply Challenge (HSC). With up to $300M in funding to be provided over 5 years, the Challenge asks Canadian innovators to come forward with solutions that address local barriers to the creation of new housing supply. Community experts and innovators may propose their own local context solutions, adapt existing solutions and bring them to scale, or develop solutions from scratch.


The Housing Supply Challenge has four key objectives:


1)      Address Housing Supply and Affordability Barriers

2)      Enhance Community Engagement

3)      Foster a Demonstration Effect, Replication, and/or Scaling

4)      Cultivate Partnerships & Collaboration

On October 20th, 2020, CMHC will officially launch Data Driven, the first round of the Housing Supply Challenge.  This round will challenge applicants to create data solutions that improve decision-making for housing supply across Canada. Up to 25 shortlisted applicants will receive $100,000 in incubation  to support the development of their concepts. Finalists will share $22.5M in implementation funding to bring their concepts to life.  


Housing data is often scattered, outdated, inconsistent and not openly available, which means decision-makers work with a limited picture of the housing ecosystem. The challenge is especially acute for data on the housing needs of vulnerable groups. Through the Data Driven round, we hope to find solutions that address data barriers that include but are not limited to data availability, relevancy, and timeliness. 


For more about the Challenge and the Data Driven round, please visit CMHC online.  To contact us or receive updates on the HSC, you can sign up at or email 


SSHRC and Infrastructure Canada (INFC) have launched a Knowledge Synthesis Grants (KSG) competition to mobilize social sciences and humanities research to examine and synthesize existing knowledge on mobility and public transit issues. Grant holders will identify research gaps and opportunities and their work will inform and guide policy-makers and service providers responsible for public transit at the community level.

Knowledge Synthesis Grants: Mobility and Public Transit

December 2020 Competition

For more information on granting opportunities, visit the NSERC or SSHRC websites.


College and Community Innovation Program – College and Community Social Innovation Fund

The competition will be launched in mid-October with an application deadline set for February 1, 2021. Applicants will be invited to apply for up to $120,000 per year for a duration of one to three years. Note - this grant includes course release time for faculty!

Please speak to Kelly Sveinson or Jenny Francis if you would like more information.

Additional opportunities:

National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC):

Social Sciences and Humanitites Research Council of Canada (SSHRC):